Marian Apparitions-Non Believer

Posted in the Roman Catholic Church Forum

Crusader

Universal City, TX

#1 Aug 15, 2011
I am a Roman Catholic I go to daily Mass and participate in the parish life. Yet I am always criticized because I dont believe in "Marian Apparitions." Although I do believe in the infallible Marian declarations made about Our Blessed Mother. However, I dont find the devotion or pilgrimages to apparition sites as a requirement of the faith. In fact I find myself no less of a Catholic than a devout Rosary praying Catholic. Am I wrong for this mindset? Because I am under the assumption that Marian devotion is not a requirement of the faith. I am quite reserved about this nor do I criticize nobody if they are devout to Marian practices.
youre not alone

Decatur, GA

#2 Apr 4, 2012
I'm a bit late but I will comment anyway. You are not alone. I'm Catholic several people I know are Catholic and we have never found any valid reason or proof to believe in them. Example I still hold to theory that Our Lady of Fatima is the figment of the lively imagination of three poor malnourished children in a impoverished village and that imaginary vision was expanded and embellished because in the age when the prevalent attitude of Portugal was atheist there was a need for something anything to believe in. Of course I don't express this opinion unless someone asks for it. And like you I don't criticize anyone who shows devotion to Fatima or any of the other apparitions. But off my soapbox I was told by my priest that belief in the Marian apparitions was personal choice and not an religious requirement so no you are not wrong otherwise a third of the Catholics in the country are wrong.
Hope this helps
Ex papist liberatum

Charleston, SC

#3 Apr 9, 2012
youre not alone wrote:
I'm a bit late but I will comment anyway. You are not alone. I'm Catholic several people I know are Catholic and we have never found any valid reason or proof to believe in them. Example I still hold to theory that Our Lady of Fatima is the figment of the lively imagination of three poor malnourished children in a impoverished village and that imaginary vision was expanded and embellished because in the age when the prevalent attitude of Portugal was atheist there was a need for something anything to believe in. Of course I don't express this opinion unless someone asks for it. And like you I don't criticize anyone who shows devotion to Fatima or any of the other apparitions. But off my soapbox I was told by my priest that belief in the Marian apparitions was personal choice and not an religious requirement so no you are not wrong otherwise a third of the Catholics in the country are wrong.
Hope this helps
I agree. I also think that the entire doctrine of the Immaculate Conception-Mary being born free of "sin" is a lie. I was a devout member of the church until recently and I doubt 99% of what they say is true. I reject Papal Infallability. The same is true of these so-called Marian apparitions. It's all a lie.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Roman Catholic Church Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Roman Catholic church only true church, says Va... (Jul '07) 7 min Amish 584,092
News Why I'll be voting 'No' to same-sex marriage, e... 20 min WeTheSheeple 2,051
News Who Is Allah? (Aug '07) 1 hr Indira Meir 217,228
News Fighting racism starts with 'dialogue' 1 hr Huh 1
News What Divides Catholics and Protestants? (Apr '08) 5 hr Jaimie 84,074
News Pope Francis to stop off in Cuba on way to Unit... 6 hr Sherlayne 8
News Pope Francis visit to Cuba confirmed 6 hr W A Y L O N 2
More from around the web